Hill Top Golf Club notes

By Tatura Guardian

The two-person Ambrose competition on Saturday was called Electricians’ Day as it was sponsored by sparkies Col Saunders, Peter Collison and Fred Andrews. There were shotgun hit-offs at 8am and at noon with a total of 106 joining in the fun. Simon Russell and Brad Deane won the men’s event with 61.25, while John Fanning and Paul Cornelius were runners-up with 62.25. NTP trophies went to Fred Andrews, Simon Russell, Paul Cornelius and Les Walsh and Cornelius also took out the jackpot on the ninth. Line balls went to scores of 64 on countback.

Robyn Downs and Sue Turnbull won the women’s competition with 68.5 on countback from Yvonne Kartner and Joyce Baird and line balls went to Kaye Huther-Stephanie Shine 68.75 and to Heather Long-Debbie Reilly 69.5. NTP trophies went to Heather Long, Paula Wills, Joyce Baird and Sheryl Curran.

Hill Top Mixed: Tim Nicholson and Sheryl Curran were the top qualifiers for this event last week and played runners-up Glenn Newton and Paula Stanton-Wills in a matchplay event on Sunday. Still square after 18 holes, the match went down the 19th hole where Newton and Stanton-Wills prevailed to get their names on the honour board.

Other golfers played a 4BBB stableford competition, which was won by Michael Downs and Sue Turnbull with 48 points. Turnbull played off a 22 handicap and was on the card six times on the front nine, where they scored 24 points. Downs took over on the back, on the card five times as they accumulated a further 24 points for a four-point win from runners-up Bryan Miller and Phyl Fiddes. Jeff and Judy Baker scored 42 points, Lou Villani and Liz Mulcahy 41 while NTP trophies went to Trevor Wootton, Jan Coe, Heather Long and Sue Turnbull.

Junior golf: Hill Top was abuzz on Friday afternoon when 40 junior golfers began the seven-week Get into Golf program. To take part in this exciting program, phone Drew Curtis on 0407 153 676.

Matchplay events: Bob Wildes will play Bryan Miller in the final of the Winter Cup and in the Olympic Cup final, Ty Guiney and Travis Worm will play Glenn Newton and Michael Mulcahy.

Midweek: Bob Wildes left the field in his wake on Tuesday when he scored +7 in the par competition, with runner-up Barry Dennis six shots behind. Graham Meneilly was square and Ray Coleman also won a ball with -2 on a countback. Barry Dennis won NTP on the ninth hole.

The Thursday stableford competition was won by Garry Reese with 42 points off a 10 handicap. He scored a solid 20 points on the front nine and then flew home with 22 points with birdies on the 10th and 18th holes. Jeff Baker was runner-up with 39 points on a countback and Bryan Miller won NTP and a consolation ball. Other ball winners included Michael Downs and John Keller 38, Travis Worm and Lou Villani 37, and Angie Serra 36 on countback.

Mat Langley twilight: Peter Bevan won Thursday’s competition with 50-26-24, while Dale McNair was runner-up with 40-12-28. Ryan Lindsay won NTP and, because there was a field of 70 players, 16 consolation balls were given out down to scores of 35. It was a great start to the season with hopes that these golfers eventually join in the club’s 18-hole events.

Coming events: Saturday is the 50th staging of the Baden Hill Perpetual, begun by one of the club’s pioneers and kept going by his son Frank. The club’s longest sponsorship is for a 4BBB stableford competition and golfers are urged to make a booking online.

The second qualifying round of the GV veterans’ championships will be played at Hill Top on Monday, October 21 with the final round at Numurkah on November 18.

Happy Hill Toppers also resumes on Monday from 6.15pm until 7.45pm in the restaurant or in the barbecue area depending on the weather. Phone Bill Ballantyne on 0407 212 030 to join in or for more details.